Outbreaks Of Bed Bugs Reported In Northern California

By | May 22, 2013
A bed bug nymph feeding on host

A bed bug nymph feeding on host (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Residents of Arizona who plan on travelling to California for summer vacation… Watch out for bedbugs. We’ve all heard horrifying tales of bed bugs – one of the earliest rhymes most children learn is “goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite”. But did you know that these nasty pests don’t necessarily just reside in your bed?

That’s right – bed bugs can also lurk in carpet, furniture, along floorboards, and any other place where they have access to warm bodies. Bed bugs survive off of one thing and one thing alone – blood. So anywhere they have access to a meal, bed bugs can dwell.

Bed Bug Outbreak in Starbucks

A Starbucks in Northern California recently discovered this the hard way. Bed bugs were found lurking in the dark crevices between the sofa cushions at the Starbucks located at 1686 S. Bascome Avenue in Campbell, California. Even worse yet, according to a recent news report of bed bugs, the manager of the coffee shop was aware of the problem and stated that he’d known of it for at least two months. That means that for two months patrons were being susceptible to being bitten by bed bugs – and possibly even taking the pests home with them.

Bed Bug Infestation in Stockton

The Starbucks in Campbell isn’t the only location in Northern California to make the news for their bed bug outbreak, however. A low-income senior housing facility in Stockton was recently discovered to be overrun with bedbugs. Apparently it’s not the first time the complex has been infected with bed bugs – some residents say that this has been an ongoing problem for years.

Adult bed bug, Cimex lectularius

Adult bed bug, Cimex lectularius (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although housing authorities claim that they have been spraying the complex repeatedly over the course of several months, they believe that the bed bugs are constantly being brought in by tenants who let prostitutes and homeless people stay in their apartment units. These types of individuals can carry bed bugs on them, according to the housing authority officials.

However, bed bugs aren’t necessarily a sign of uncleanliness. Bed bugs can be found in the cleanest of places; it’s often clutter that makes them hard to get rid of.

Bed Bug Control

Regardless of how these bed bugs are spreading, it sounds like Starbucks and the senior housing project could both definitely benefit from investing in some bed bug pest control to help get these nasty critters under control.

The next time you go out to enjoy a cup of coffee, you might want to think twice before making yourself comfy on the sofa or chairs. You never know what may be lurking beneath the cushions.

About the author: Chris is a blogger for a New Jersey pest control company.

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